Chamberlain Seals Win After Epic Cats ComebackBobby Chamberlain’s powerplay goal inside the last two minutes sealed a much important 2 points after a stunning fightback from the second-placed Swindon Wildcats on Sunday evening.
After a devastating 9-4 loss at the hands of MK Lightning the evening before, Jason Hewitt’s men looked to put their away form behind them as the first home game of 2020 began; and his team did not disappoint, putting 5 goals past Wildcats’ goaltender Reny Marr inside the first period.
Lee Bonner got the ball rolling just after the three minutes when James Archer’s pass on the forecheck found him in space to open the scoring. [3:09]. With Ash Smith keeping the Wildcats’ response out, the Pirates broke forward and with Archer and Bonner linking up, the score was doubled by the Pirates #2 [11:32].Less than a minute later and the home side had their third. David Norris slammed home top-shelf for a three goal lead [12:09], with Swindon calling their timeout with an aim of quelling the storm.However the Pirates remained relentless, adding a fourth when Bonner scored a highlight reel goal for his second of the game.
Picking the puck up on the halfway line, he faked around Neil Liddiard before drawing out Marr, dekeing around him and slotting home [13:36].Swindon managed to get themselves onto the scoresheet shortly after, when Sam Godfrey’s shot from the blue line crept through traffic and past Smith to narrow the deficit to 4-1 [14:49].
Unfortunately for the visitors, Jonathan Kirk’s own one-timer from the blue liner powered past Marr restoring the home side’s four goal advantage and ensuring the Pirates entered the first break in blistering fashion.
The second period passed with both sides effectively cancelling each other out. As Swindon pushed to regain a foothold in the game, the only goal of the period came when Tyler Vankleef battled through the Pirates defence before slipping past Smith [27:32], taking the game to 5-2 for the start of the final period.Short on bodies, fatigue began to play a part in the Pirates’ last period; and indeed the Wildcats grabbed their third when a counter attack allowed Chris Jones through alone against Smith, putting his shot past the home goalie to cut the lead to two [46:41].
As the game entered the final 10 minutes, the Cats had their fourth. Jones grabbing his second of the night with an individual effort of his own to make it a one-goal game [53:21]. After having a goal waived off for interference, the Wildcats did manage to find their equaliser, a scramble in front of Smith leading to Tomasz Malasinsky poking the puck under Smith to tie the game at five each [56:09].
With overtime looming, the Pirates found themselves on a late power play which ended when Norris found Chamberlain in space at the back post, who made no mistake in sealing the win and two points [58:44].
Man Of The Match Awards:-
Swindon Wildcats – #36 Tyler Vankleef
Hull Pirates – #9 David Norris
Author – Greig Cardwell